Queen of Watersby Nancy KerrWell away my love away,For we're sailing home todayOn a boat called memoryHail home, hearts that long for the landOh she's like some Persian queen,With her opal robes sereneIn the lamplight shimmeringHail home, hearts that long for the landChorus :On a blue jay morningFeathering thorny memoriesHail home, hearts have been too long awayOn a well-worn byway travellingMagpie gatheringFarewell queen of watersWell it's hard to roll in mirth,When your feet don't touch the earthAnd the wolf comes hungeringHail home, hearts that long for the landFolly never foots the billAnd we all shall pay in fullFor the love of melodyHail home, hearts that long for the landWell I should have sowed my corn,But I danced until the dawnLike an ant grasshopperingHail home, hearts that long for the landOh there must be better waysFor to keep the debts at bayAnd the whiskey tricklingHail home, hearts that long for the landSo we'll bid our ship adieuThere's a mooring in the blueWhere the gulls are gatheringHail home, hearts that long for the landOh she's like some Persian queen,And her like shall ne'er be seenOnly in our reverieHail home, hearts that long for the landNancy Kerr & James Fagan played the main stage of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival on Sunday 29th August 2010. This footage is from the feed that was sent to the screens in the main stage and also webcast as a live event. 'Queen of Waters' was written by Nancy Kerr and recorded on the album 'Twice Reflected Sun' by Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Navigator Records (2010). In the sleeve notes it says 'A farewell to the Kennet and Avon Canal'. For a time Nancy Kerr and James Fagan lived on a narrowboat on that canal near Bath. This song was nominated in the Best Original Song category at the BBC Folk Awards in 2011.'Queen of Waters' is also the title of a book by Kirsten Elliott which is subtitled 'A Journey in Time along the Kennet and Avon Canal' (Akeman Press 2010).